Harold Varmus

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Harold Varmus
Harold Eliot Varmus

(1939-12-18) December 18, 1939 (age 84)
Alma materAmherst College
Harvard University
Columbia University
Known forRetroviral oncogenes; PLOS
SpouseConstance Louise Casey (m. 1969; 2 children)
Awards1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Scientific career
FieldsCell biology

Harold Eliot Varmus (born December 18, 1939) is an American scientist. He won a Nobel Prize. He is the 14th and current Director of the National Cancer Institute. He was appointed to that post he was appointed to by President Barack Obama.[1]

Varmus was a co-recipient, with J. Michael Bishop, of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of the origin of retroviral oncogenes.[2] Varmus described the work in his Nobel lecture.[3]

He also serves as one of three co-Chairs of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

References[change | change source]

  1. President Obama to appoint Harold E. Varmus M.D. to lead National Cancer Institute: [1] Archived 2010-05-27 at the Wayback Machine
  2. "The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1989". Official Nobel Prize Award Site. Archived from the original on 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
  3. Retroviruses and oncogenes I. Nobel Lecture, December 8, 1989. nobelprize.org